Canadian Shield


Natural Region 16

STATUS OF NATIONAL PARKS:

Under the terms of the claim, Inuit own lands on Wager Bay that may be exchanged for lands outside a national park, should a park be established.

A national park could only be established here with the consent of the Inuit of Kivalliq and the Government of the Northwest Territories.

All technical studies have been completed and consultations with local residents in five communities and with representatives of the Kivalliq Inuit Association (KIA) are concluded.

Parks Canada and KIA have initiated Inuit Impact and Benefit Agreement negotiations towards a national park, as stipulated through the land claim agreement.

There are unresolved concerns about a small area of high mineral potential within the proposed park in the headwaters of the Brown River. The mining industry would like to see this area excluded from a park. Positive findings in the area by the industry may also result in requests for transportation access through Wager Bay in the future.

Natural Region 16
Natural Region 16
© Parks Canada

Hanbury River
Hanbury River
© Parks Canada

The following table summarizes the status of system planning for each step toward establishing a new national park in this natural region.

Steps in the Park Establishment Process
Representative Natural Areas Identified:
Potential Park Area Selected:
Park Feasibility Assessed:
Park Agreement Signed:
Scheduled under the National Parks Act:

Status
done
done
done
0
0


National Parks System Plan, 3rd Edition

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